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Trinity's Brazilian Community Welcomes New Irish Ambassador to Brazil

Posted on 17 July 2014

Members of Trinity College Dublin's vibrant Brazilian community gathered today to welcome Ireland's new Ambassador-Designate to Brazil. A group including faculty, students and Global Relations Staff met with Ambassador-Designate Glynn in the Trinity Global Room for an informal event focussed on the great links Trinity and Brazil have forged in the past year. Trinity welcomed its first cohort of Science Without Borders (Ciência sem Fronteiras) students in 2013 and looks forward to building upon the great success of the programme thus far. Trinity's Director of Internationalisation, Sinead Ryan said, "We are proud to have such a wonderful group of students from Brazil who have added so much to campus life."

Among the students gathered were several Science Without Borders students who have been in Trinity since September 2013 and are currently engaged in research internships in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. They offered advice to Ambassador-Designate Glynn on adjusting to his new home in Brazil. They also spoke to a group of recently-arrived Science Without Borders students who will be commencing their studies in September after completing an advanced English language course. Andre Stern, a computer science student, spoke of the rigorous academic experience at Trinity, warning new students, "If you want to just party, go to any other university! You will have time to travel and explore, but if you don't study you will suffer." After a laugh, he added, "Don't worry. Have fun, and you'll be fine." He encouraged students to join societies to get involved with the Trinity community.

When asked about the differences between education in Brazil and at Trinity, Max Brunner, also studying computer science, spoke about the ease with which students in Trinity can access their professors. He said that he had found it more difficult in Brazil to be taken seriously by his lecturers as an undergraduate, but that Trinity professors were always open to students' ideas and input. He told Ambassador-Designate Glynn that he could assure the Brazilians he meets that Irish people are just as friendly as people in Brazil.

Ambassador-Designate Glynn, a Portuguese speaker, delighted the students by speaking to them in their native language. It was refreshing break for the recently-arrived students who are engaged in intensive English language study. In addition to the gathered students, key faculty members involved in both the Science Without Borders initiative and Trinity's Brazilian strategy met with Glynn. Trinity looks forward to increasing its partnerships with institutes of higher education in Brazil. A high-level visit to the country is planned for the Spring, when the Trinity delegation will surely meet Ambassador-Designate Glynn in his new home.